Review: Gibson's Olympic 16 Year Old Canadian Whisky (1960) / by Jason Hambrey

16 years
Distiller Valleyfield (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec)

This whisky was distilled in 1960, an Olympic year, and bottled 4 olympics later as a special edition to commemorate the 1976 olympics which were held in Montreal. It was a one time release, aged in charred white oak.

Review (2017)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: Bottle no. 3467

  • Bottling Date: 1976

The nose is full of sweet maple, oak, molasses, clean corn whisky, vanilla, and peppery spices and light earth. Creamy and buttery, smelling of sweet pastries and walnut. The taste very much follows from the nose – creamy, vanilla, corn, prune, and raisin with some nice spice and light smoke. It reminds me of the Gibson’s New Oak – only fuller and more complex. The finish is full of vanilla, oak, dried fruit, and mixed spices. It’s easy to drink, light to medium bodied, and quite elegant. The finish is quite dry with time.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: N/A